Finally kicking a pesty cold that has kept me from posting much, but I’m excited to be heading to Glacier Bay National Park this week! It has been awhile, in fact last time I was there I was still shooting slide film.
It has been a busy week, but nice to be home in Alaska! Thought I would adjust a share a photo from last summer – won’t be long now until I’m back with the bears and bear cubs!
Had a great time over the last 5 days in Cordova helping to guide the land portion of the spring birding trip for the Discovery with a really fun group of folks. Here they are pulling out of Cordova.
This is the second spring in a row that a pair of gila woodpeckers nested in this hole near our camp. That is a treat, as they usually dig a new nesting hole each year. We also have a pair of nesting gilded flickers also near or camp – it is fun to hear the babies screeching for attention every time the adult flies to the nest.
We are excited to be flying back to Alaska in the morning, but are going to miss all the wildlife that had become such a big part of our life in Arizona. I have had people ask about how the animals are doing. I can report, both gray foxes were still around and came by most evenings around sunset. The two little baby javelina are still alive – I saw them recently during the middle of the night, and they are almost as big as the adults. And finally, the quail family sill had all 8 little babies, although they were getting bigger. We left a water drip for them while we are gone – it will be interesting to see how everyone is doing when we return in the Fall.
There have been blooming saguaros for a couple of weeks already – seems early this year, no surprise given how much warmer than average it has been around here.
Looking forward to getting back to Alaska soon! However, will only be home for one day before taking off for Cordova as a last minute fill in guide for the amazing shorebird migration – looking forward to getting seeing this event again!
I saw it was World Penguin day and thought there are still a lot of images from last Novembers trip to South Georgia / Antarctica that I haven’t shared and figured today would be a good day to share one!
Our visitor last night – love the gray fox!